Episode 6 The Kennedys


Episode 6

Drama series. There is an impending crisis in the Caribbean - the Soviet Union has placed nuclear missiles on the island of Cuba. Jack is being pressured to attack.


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-Previously...

-They don't want me anymore, Jack and Bobby.

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When I went to Washington the other day, that was what it was about.

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-Did I miss an appointment?

-Oh, no, sir. I was upstairs with Mrs Kennedy.

-Why?

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I've been treating her for some time now, sir.

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I'm trying to do my job, and sometimes there just -

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there aren't enough hours in the day, Jack.

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Mr President, your father has suffered a massive stroke.

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-BOBBY: Will he fully recover?

-There may be some marginal improvement.

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I would appreciate a direct answer.

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I don't think so.

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RUMBLING

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This government, as promised, has maintained

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the closest surveillance of the Soviet military build-up

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on the island of Cuba.

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Unmistakable evidence has established the fact

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that a series of offensive missile sites

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is now in preparation on that imprisoned island.

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The purpose of these bases can be none other

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than to provide a nuclear strike capability

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against the western hemisphere.

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It shall be the policy of this nation

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to regard any nuclear missile launched from Cuba

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against any nation in the western hemisphere

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as an attack

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by the Soviet Union on the United States,

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requiring a full retaliatory response upon the Soviet Union.

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Little better. Still uneasy.

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I changed the dose slightly, Mr President,

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-so if you experience discomfort, please contact me.

-Jack.

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Ah, Mrs Kennedy. I haven't seen you in some time.

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I hope you're feeling well.

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Very well, thank you.

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No problems weaning yourself off the medication?

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Just a few restless nights, but that's about all.

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Yeah, she's doing great. Thank you.

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Enjoy your evening, Mr President.

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-Can you zip me up?

-Sure.

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I'm feeling so much better now that I'm not doing those shots.

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-Well, I'm glad.

-Maybe you should think about stopping.

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It's the only thing that keeps me going.

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What else are they doing to you?

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I don't care if it's horse piss. It works.

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TELEPHONE RINGS

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You know he's not a doctor? He's not even a member of the AMA.

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Maybe that's why he's so effective.

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Yes? Yeah, we're on our way.

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Come on, we got to...

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You look beautiful. I love the dress.

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I'm serious.

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OK.

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Ladies and gentlemen, the President of the United States

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and the First Lady.

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APPLAUSE

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Ready?

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I think you're gonna like it.

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Mm.

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It's art.

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Well, I am prepared to, er, suffer for it.

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Jack!

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PLAYING CLASSICAL MUSIC

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-That's the end of the first movement.

-WHISPERS: Oh.

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WHISPERS: Mr President,

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there's an emergency phone call for you in the oval office.

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They need me downstairs.

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I said I'd go to the Girl Scouts' jamboree,

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and he agreed to go to two concerts and a ballet.

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But skipping out in the middle renders this one null and void.

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I'm hoping for an increase in government spending on the arts.

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Jackie, a president's work is never done.

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Sure, Ben. Stick up for your friend.

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-That is what men do, isn't it?

-Jackie, you know my sister, Mary Meyer.

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I sent you the catalogue from her showing at the Findlay gallery.

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I just came by to say goodnight.

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You know the Eisenhowers kept this place like a barracks?

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You have turned it into a palace.

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Thank you.

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A wonderful party.

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MAN: I want to know Where the wind comes from.

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WOMAN: The wind begins in a cave.

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Far to the north, a young god sleeps in that cave...

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-I didn't think you would be at this thing tonight.

-Change of plans.

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How are you?

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I'm good.

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Anybody see you leave the party?

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Since when do you worry about that?

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Do you never get tired of this movie?

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No. No. It's Kirk, for God sakes.

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I'm gonna have to run back upstairs.

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-Do you want me to leave?

-KIRK: Every line...

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Every curve...

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I want to know every part of you.

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-If my husband were sleeping with Mary, she wouldn't be on my guest list.

-Jackie puts up with it.

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She must figure if it's inevitable, she might as well make it convenient.

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TISH: Mrs Kennedy, Will the President be returning?

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No, he won't.

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These people have each donated 1,000 to the foundation.

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They expect a picture with him.

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Then they'll have to settle for me.

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Thank you, ma'am.

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-And I'll send his regrets in the morning.

-I'll set it up.

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I'm taking the kids to Virginia in the morning.

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I'll stay a while and do my work from there.

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-What for?

-You didn't come back. It was humiliating.

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Well, I had to go downstairs and -

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It was humiliating.

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How's Mary Meyer?

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She was specifically not on the guest list.

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I didn't know she was gonna be there tonight.

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Well, what a great surprise for you.

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Do you ever think about what that looks like?

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I thought we had an agreement.

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I'd, er...

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Rather you, er, didn't all leave.

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Good night.

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TELEPHONE RINGS

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-Yeah?

-MAN: Mr Bundy's on his way up.

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KNOCK ON DOOR

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Mr President?

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Well, he's already here.

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I'm sorry to disturb you, sir. We've got some serious trouble.

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Our U2 flights over Cuba took these yesterday -

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Russian MRBM Missile sites,

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SS-four type, IRBMS.

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Are these operational?

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Not yet, but based on the size of those construction crews, they could be within a week.

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At that point, they could deliver nuclear payloads

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to every major city on the east coast.

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These are the latest surveillance photos from Cuba.

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We don't know how many missiles the Russians have there

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or whether they are operational at the present time.

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I think you can assume if they're not operational they will be soon, sir.

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Well, we can't coexist with, er, nuclear missiles 90 miles off our shores.

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We got to get rid of those. What are the options, Bob?

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Militarily, there are three -

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surgical strike on the missiles, an attack on the missiles

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and the control-and-command centres throughout the island,

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or an all-out invasion of the island.

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Sir, I think that jumping to a military option

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-without having exhausted all our diplomatic avenues -

-No, no, no. No-one's jumping, Dean.

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-The president's considering all options here.

-Khrushchev's a brawler, Mr Secretary.

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He only understands brute force. I'm with Bob.

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We can't have the president being pushed around

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by Khrushchev or Castro or anybody else.

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Air force surveillance just picked up 19 Soviet ships in the Atlantic, heading toward Cuba.

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Do we know what they're, er, carrying?

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I think we can presume it's more weapons.

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Sir, we need to put a military option on the table.

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No, I agree with that, Bob. I just, er... I-I don't want to make any, er,

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decision here without, er, understanding what in god's name, er, Khrushchev is thinking.

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Mr President, I think the man's actions are a pretty good indicator of what he's thinking.

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BUNDY: Castro made a compelling argument that we're gonna overthrow his regime.

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Khrushchev sent in the missiles to keep us from doing it.

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BENNETT: It's more than that, Mac.

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He wants to bully us into submission, sir.

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Thinks I'm weak, cos of the Bay of Pigs.

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-That's right, sir.

-But the fact remains, we still don't know what's on these ships.

-Absolutely.

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I want to know what pressures he's under,

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what he's being advised by his, er, people in the Kremlin.

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Well, I think we can assume, sir, they're advising him to take the aggressive course.

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I think it's very dangerous to start making assumptions right now, General.

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I just, er, want to try and put myself in his shoes.

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Fine, sir. But if you do choose a military option, we're gonna have to move fast.

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We're, er, getting more specifics now, sir.

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Well, I would say we have to get a, er, direct line of communication to Moscow.

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We could get secretary Rusk to talk to ambassador Dobrynin.

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You do it.

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-No, no, no, no. Protocol dictates that...

-Forget about protocol.

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Dobrynin knows Bobby, knows Bobby speaks for me.

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I'll set it up.

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Thank you.

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SIGHS

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Your back hurting?

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Jackie took the kids, went up to Virginia.

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Well, that's probably best, considering.

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Wasn't about this.

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I think she's finished with me.

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Why. What happened?

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Well, I'm not a kid anymore, but...

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But I keep acting like one.

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The kids are fine, Jack.

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Good.

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How long, er, how long do you think you're gonna stay up there?

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I don't know.

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I just wanted to say that I, er...

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I miss you.

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I have to go.

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TELEPHONE BUZZES

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Yes?

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Send him in.

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What did Dobrynin say?

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Well, he claims there are no missiles in Cuba.

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I showed him the, er, surveillance photos. He said they're fabricated.

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He claims, er, Khrushchev only wants peace.

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That's what Hitler said right before the blitz.

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McNamara sent that over.

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It's the, er, contingency plans for military operations.

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That's been the consensus over there?

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Surgical strike, followed by invasion.

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What do you think?

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Well, given what we know at the moment, er,

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it certainly is our best chance at success,

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including getting rid of Castro.

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But, er...

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Frankly, at this stage, I don't think the, er, diplomatic process is gonna pay off.

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I just..just don't know what, er, Khrushchev stands to gain in all this.

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I mean, Christ, he knows what our, er, nuclear arsenal is.

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It's not a secret.

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Well, I get the impression that he, er, thinks we're afraid to use it.

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But you looked him in the eye. What do you think?

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MAN SPEAKING RUSSIAN

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In southeast Asia and Latin America,

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people's revolutions are lighting the lamp of freedom and human dignity.

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We have a difference of opinion over what constitutes freedom and human dignity, Mr Chairman,

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but I...I reject the historic belief that our differences can only be resolved through armed conflict.

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SPEAKING RUSSIAN

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SPEAKING RUSSIAN

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Then you miscalculate the history, Mr President.

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You lost, er, 20 million people in the war, Mr Chairman.

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SPEAKING RUSSIAN

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With our arsenals and our delivery systems today,

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twice that many Russians would die in the first hour.

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SPEAKING RUSSIAN

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SPEAKS RUSSIAN

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Then it's a good thing we have so many.

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You should have enough clothes to get you through the week.

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Bobby, how bad's it gonna be?

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I was talking with Marg McNamara. She said Bob said it could be the end of everything.

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What did he mean?

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I think he's just, er, being melodramatic, really.

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Is he?

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I want you to have this.

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It was your mother's.

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I've used it every day since she died.

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Help Jack. Keep us safe.

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Heya, kid.

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What are you doing here?

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Oh, I was in the neighbourhood.

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Liar.

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Did Bobby send you here to fix my marriage?

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He doesn't know I'm here. That's the truth.

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Well, you knew where to find me, so I assume you know...

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Why I'm here.

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Yeah.

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I know we haven't always been sorority pals.

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I never fit in with the family the way you have.

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I always figured it was because you didn't want to.

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You're-you're your own person, Jackie. I-I admire that.

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Tell you the truth, I, er...

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Always been a little bit intimidated by it.

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You're intimidated by me?

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Every woman in America wants to be like you.

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-They want to look like you, they want to dress like you...

-Come on.

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Oh, now...

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You start getting all humble on me,

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that's really gonna piss me off.

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You know what intimidates me?

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Someone who can raise a family and have a marriage that works,

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and who makes it all look so easy.

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If I had your secret, I'd trade it all in for every magazine cover I've been on.

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Wow.

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So how do you do it?

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It's no secret, Jackie. I...

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I just...

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Love him.

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Look, I...

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I don't know what goes on between you and Jack.

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Frankly, it's none of my business. I...

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I came here because I'm worried about what's going on at the White House.

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What do you mean?

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I don't know the specifics, but I do know that it's serious.

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It's always serious.

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It's different this time, Jackie. It's dangerous.

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Bobby, McNamara, Bundy -

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they've all been working around the clock.

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I can only imagine what Jack must be going through.

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'We just received photos from the CIA, revealing five additional missile sites on the island.'

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They report that the Soviets could have between 16 and 32 missiles ready to fire within several days.

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Mac, what is the timeline on those ships?

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About 3,800 miles away from Cuba.

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At the current rate of speed, they should be there in about a week.

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Mr President, a week is a - is a lifetime.

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The real threat is the missiles already on the island.

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I mean, millions of American citizens will die if they're launched,

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and Khrushchev is just crazy enough to do it.

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I don't know if you're right about that, General. I mean, he's a - he's a bully,

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but, er, I don't think he's hostile.

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-Don't think he's, er, insane enough to want to start a war.

-What if you're wrong, sir?

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-I could be, and we should sustain the military option.

-We're running out of time, sir.

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-They're arming these missiles as we speak.

-I understand that, General,

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but if I am right, I want to give Khrushchev

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as much time as possible to convince the people around him

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that a Goddamn war is not the option.

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Sir, we need to strike and we need to strike now.

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But what you're suggesting is a first strike,

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and a strike without warning will be viewed internationally

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as an unprovoked assault. So if we do this,

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against a small country like Cuba,

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well, it's Pearl Harbour all over again,

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only this time, it's in reverse.

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And my brother will not go down in history

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as the American Tojo.

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So let's rethink this.

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The difficulty we face is, we can't guarantee

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getting rid of the missiles that are already there.

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Well, that's exactly, er, why, in my opinion, er,

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we should focus on stopping these ships.

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That's a more manageable situation.

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We could, er, revisit the blockade idea, sir.

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Establishing a-a demarcation line

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of, say, 500 miles from the Cuban mainland.

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A blockade is an interesting idea.

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But the issue still remains- a blockade is illegal

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under international law.

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Then we call it a quarantine. Nothing illegal about that.

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MAN: there has been A virtual news blackout

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throughout Washington regarding the Cuban situation.

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Whether or not this crisis can be resolved peaceably or not

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is the burning question, the question to which

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source in the White house, the pentagon,

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and the State Department have refused to comment,

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leaving the American people to wait

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and wonder what President Kennedy will say

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when he takes to the air tonight.

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TELEPHONE RINGS

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-Hello?

-Mother, it's Bobby.

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Hello, dear. We're just getting ready to watch Jack.

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Well, that's actually why I'm- why I'm calling.

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I just wanted to let you know that, er,

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there may be some things in his speech

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that, er, sound a little frightening to you.

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Uh, I didn't want you and dad to worry.

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Well, with everything we're hearing, we are concerned.

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Move him, will you? I-I can't see the set.

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-Has Jack been to mass?

-No, I-I don't think so.

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We've been, er, kind of busy with things here.

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Well, wish him luck.

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-Let him know we're very proud of him.

-I will.

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Love you. Bye.

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MAN: Their status might be Changed to that of active duty

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at a moment's notice. We switch you now to the Oval Office.

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Ladies and gentlemen,

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the President of the United States.

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Good evening, my fellow citizens.

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This government, as promised,

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has maintained the closest surveillance

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of the Soviet military build-up on the island of Cuba.

0:24:060:24:09

Within the past week, unmistakable evidence

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has established the fact

0:24:130:24:14

that a series of offensive missile sites

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is now in preparation on that imprisoned island.

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The purpose of these bases can be none other

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than to provide a nuclear first-strike capability

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against the western hemisphere.

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I call upon chairman Khrushchev to halt and eliminate

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this clandestine, reckless, and provocative threat to world peace.

0:24:320:24:35

The cost of freedom is always high,

0:24:350:24:39

and Americans have always paid it.

0:24:390:24:41

And one path we shall never choose -

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and that is the path of surrender or submission.

0:24:440:24:48

Our goal is not the victory of might,

0:24:480:24:50

but the vindication of right,

0:24:500:24:51

not peace at the expense of freedom, but both peace and freedom.

0:24:510:24:55

God willing, that goal will be achieved.

0:24:550:24:58

Thank you and good night.

0:24:580:25:00

Mac, how far are those Russian ships from the blockade?

0:25:030:25:06

They've just moved to the 100-mile mark.

0:25:060:25:07

OK. In terms of time, are they -

0:25:070:25:09

Mr President, our sonar's just picked up two Russian subs with SLBN Capability

0:25:090:25:12

escorting the ships.

0:25:120:25:14

OK, so if we, er, if we stop their ships, they can retaliate.

0:25:140:25:17

Retaliate with their subs, yes, sir. Khrushchev has just upped the ante,

0:25:170:25:20

risking a confrontation 7,000 miles from Moscow.

0:25:200:25:23

Gentlemen, could I, er, have your attention, please?

0:25:230:25:25

-Jack, state department just received this from Khrushchev.

-Go ahead.

0:25:250:25:29

Uh, "You have not declared a quarantine, but rather have set forth an ultimatum

0:25:290:25:31

"and threatened that if we do not give in to your demands, you will use force. "

0:25:310:25:34

"Naturally, we will not be bystanders with regards to piratical acts

0:25:340:25:37

"by American ships on the high seas.

0:25:370:25:40

"We will be forced to take measures we consider necessary

0:25:400:25:42

"and adequate in order to protect our rights,

0:25:420:25:44

"and we have everything necessary to do so."

0:25:440:25:47

Christ, he's calling us out.

0:25:500:25:52

Yes, sir. And we cannot capitulate.

0:25:520:25:54

If we don't stop those ships, our entire deterrent system loses all credibility.

0:25:540:25:59

-What are the, er... What are the steps?

-We signal our intent to board.

0:25:590:26:01

They don't acknowledge, we fire a warning shot across their bow.

0:26:010:26:04

-And, er, if they keep coming?

-Then we take out Their rudders and leave them dead in the water.

0:26:040:26:08

-Which runs the risk of killing Russian sailors.

-And a retaliation from Khrushchev.

0:26:080:26:10

It's the nature of conflict, sir.

0:26:100:26:12

I know the nature of conflict, General. I've been in it.

0:26:120:26:14

-Mac?

-You have no choice but to stop those ships.

0:26:140:26:16

Sir, I still believe a diplomatic solution is possible.

0:26:160:26:19

That's just about the most meaningless thing I've ever heard, Dean.

0:26:190:26:22

We're well beyond diplomacy at this point.

0:26:220:26:23

Khrushchev is gonna run the damned blockade.

0:26:230:26:25

Sir, I agree with the attorney general.

0:26:250:26:27

We have to stop those ships,

0:26:270:26:28

and I recommend that we deploy helos and sub seekers from Key West to stop the subs.

0:26:280:26:33

Do you wanna start World War III?

0:26:330:26:36

Decisive action would surgically remove the missiles,

0:26:360:26:38

confronting the world with a fait accompli.

0:26:380:26:39

Let's not forget about the political advantage...

0:26:390:26:41

Militarily, there's no options here.

0:26:410:26:43

-Punishment...

-There's no other alternative...

0:26:430:26:45

MAN: Strategic air command B-52 bombers,

0:26:480:26:51

already on a massive worldwide airborne alert,

0:26:510:26:53

are now flying 24-hour missions.

0:26:530:26:55

Before one B-52 leaves its airborne station,

0:26:580:27:01

another is airborne to take its place.

0:27:010:27:03

Mr President?

0:27:060:27:08

If we fire on their ships, and they-they do retaliate,

0:27:080:27:12

that initiates a full-scale engagement.

0:27:120:27:14

We already know from the CIA

0:27:140:27:16

that the Soviets have brought their military forces

0:27:160:27:18

-into a complete state of readiness.

-Are we ready?

0:27:180:27:20

Yes, sir. We're at defcon 2, sir. We're ready.

0:27:200:27:24

Their ships will, er,

0:27:370:27:41

not be permitted to cross that line.

0:27:410:27:43

Use whatever means necessary to stop them.

0:27:430:27:47

Bobby, talk to Dobrynin. He needs to get word to Khrushchev.

0:27:470:27:50

Those ships will be stopped.

0:27:500:27:53

Russian embassy, please.

0:27:530:27:54

It seems to, er, the observer, er, of the scene

0:28:000:28:04

that, er, that Cuba has to be the point of the crisis.

0:28:040:28:08

This is the point at which, er,

0:28:080:28:10

we are concerned that, er, there might be shooting,

0:28:100:28:14

er, among the ships at sea.

0:28:140:28:16

That, er, in the story that we heard a great deal of today,

0:28:160:28:19

the possibility that invasion might have to be undertaken

0:28:190:28:22

to assure that those bases are eliminated.

0:28:220:28:25

Uh, if invasion is undertaken,

0:28:250:28:27

er, the Russians have said that they would retaliate with, er, rocket fire.

0:28:270:28:30

SPEAKING RUSSIAN

0:28:300:28:34

Well, we've given this man every chance to avoid war.

0:28:400:28:42

If it happens now, it's because he wanted it in the first place.

0:28:420:28:45

Civil defence becomes a major problem now.

0:28:450:28:47

There's no contingency to evacuate 100 million people

0:28:470:28:49

-from the east coast.

-Sir...

0:28:490:28:51

We just received word from admiral ward on the Essex.

0:28:510:28:54

Did we fire, er, fire on those ships?

0:28:540:28:57

No, sir.

0:28:570:28:58

The Soviet ships have stopped their advance toward the line.

0:28:580:29:02

They're turning around.

0:29:020:29:03

-BOBBY: and what- What about the subs?

-They've stopped also.

0:29:050:29:08

But, sir, we still have those operational missile sites

0:29:080:29:10

-on the island.

-I find Khrushchev's actions very encouraging, sir.

0:29:100:29:13

I think he just showed us he wants this over as much as we do.

0:29:130:29:15

May I suggest we stay at defcon 2, sir?

0:29:150:29:16

OK, fine. But no provocative action. Khrushchev just stood up to the hawks in the Kremlin.

0:29:160:29:21

-I don't wanna give him a reason to regret it.

-Very good, sir.

0:29:210:29:24

Yes. Well, thank you, Mr Prime minister.

0:29:320:29:34

-Thank you.

-The, er, State Department

0:29:340:29:37

just translated this letter from Khrushchev.

0:29:370:29:39

It was written before the ships had turned around.

0:29:390:29:42

"Mr President, only lunatics and suicides,

0:29:420:29:44

"who themselves want to perish,

0:29:440:29:46

"would think of waging nuclear war.

0:29:460:29:47

"We in the Soviet Union want to live and do not at all want to destroy your country.

0:29:470:29:52

"I propose we will declare that our ships, bound for Cuba,

0:29:520:29:55

"will not carry any kind of armaments.

0:29:550:29:57

"You will declare that the United States will not invade Cuba."

0:29:570:30:02

-No mention about missiles in Turkey?

-Nothing.

0:30:030:30:06

-Does Mac know about this?

-I wanted to speak to you.

0:30:060:30:08

Mrs Lincoln, could you get me Mr Bundy?

0:30:080:30:10

-(Mrs Lincoln) Yes, sir.

-So how would you like to proceed?

0:30:100:30:12

Well, I wanna prepare a, er, private response

0:30:120:30:17

-to Mr Khrushchev's letter.

-Sure.

0:30:170:30:20

No public statement. I don't wanna rub his nose in it.

0:30:200:30:22

He's gonna have a hard enough time keeping his job after all this.

0:30:220:30:24

I'll put something together.

0:30:240:30:25

-Bobby?

-Yeah?

0:30:250:30:28

You tell McNamara and that general-

0:30:280:30:30

alert the entire chain of command, nobody moves

0:30:300:30:32

against the Russians without my expressed order.

0:30:320:30:34

I don't want this whole thing to unravel because some second lieutenant didn't get the word.

0:30:340:30:38

Absolutely.

0:30:380:30:39

'Mr Bundy is on his way up, Mr President.'

0:30:400:30:42

-Could you try, er, Mrs Kennedy in Virginia?

-'Yes, sir.'

0:30:460:30:49

'Line one is ringing, sir.'

0:30:590:31:00

TELEPHONE RINGS OUT

0:31:090:31:12

How's it all going?

0:31:570:31:59

Good.

0:31:590:32:01

Good. It looks, er...

0:32:010:32:04

like Khrushchev's gonna back down.

0:32:040:32:06

Good.

0:32:060:32:08

When did you...

0:32:120:32:14

I'm glad you're here.

0:32:270:32:30

TELEPHONE RINGS

0:32:380:32:41

How are the kids?

0:32:430:32:45

Good.

0:32:450:32:48

-Jack. You, er, you better come down here.

-What's the matter?

0:32:490:32:53

The Russians shot down one of our U-2s over Cuba,

0:32:530:32:56

killed the pilot.

0:32:560:32:57

It appears to be an act of war.

0:32:570:32:59

All right, thank you.

0:33:050:33:07

Well, Dobrynin swears that, er, Khrushchev insisted

0:33:090:33:13

none of our planes be shot at,

0:33:130:33:15

that one of the anti-aircraft batteries never got the word.

0:33:150:33:17

-You don't believe that crap, do you, sir?

-I know this man.

0:33:170:33:21

I've never known him to be emotional before,

0:33:210:33:24

and he was damned near in tears just now, general.

0:33:240:33:25

We based our whole approach on this campaign

0:33:250:33:27

on not pushing Khrushchev into a corner.

0:33:270:33:29

By shooting down that plane, that's exactly what he's done to me.

0:33:290:33:31

Well, Mr President, we can speculate all day,

0:33:310:33:34

but the fact of the matter is that we have a plane down

0:33:340:33:36

and a US Airman dead. What are we gonna do about it?

0:33:360:33:40

Excuse me. This was just received from Khrushchev.

0:33:400:33:42

"You, President Kennedy,

0:33:420:33:44

"have surrounded the Soviet Union

0:33:440:33:46

"with military bases,

0:33:460:33:48

"surrounded our allies with military bases,

0:33:480:33:51

"literally dispersed military bases around the country

0:33:510:33:54

"and stationed your rocket armaments there.

0:33:540:33:57

"You are worried about Cuba because it is a distance

0:33:570:33:59

"of 90 miles from the American coast.

0:33:590:34:01

"However, Turkey is next to us -

0:34:010:34:04

"literally at our elbow.

0:34:040:34:06

"We agree to remove from Cuba

0:34:060:34:08

"those means which you regard as offensive means.

0:34:080:34:11

"You will remove your analogous means from Turkey."

0:34:110:34:14

You can't allow Khrushchev to dictate

0:34:140:34:16

-how we defend our allies.

-Aren't we doing that to him?

0:34:160:34:18

That's not the same thing. We've had missiles in Turkey for years.

0:34:180:34:20

Those Jupiter missiles are obsolete. It wouldn't be the worst thing if we took them out.

0:34:200:34:24

No, the general's right. I can't agree to a quid pro quo

0:34:240:34:26

when Khrushchev's got his foot on my neck. It's a perception issue.

0:34:260:34:29

This seems odd to me, Jack.

0:34:290:34:32

I find it hard to believe that these two letters

0:34:320:34:35

-came from the same source.

-Well, I don't think they did.

0:34:350:34:38

I mean, this-this first letter is all emotion.

0:34:380:34:40

You can hear Khrushchev's voice in this.

0:34:400:34:42

That letter, Mac, is cold. It's dry and bureaucratic.

0:34:420:34:46

I think, er, Khrushchev's getting, er, push back

0:34:460:34:48

from his foreign ministry because he didn't run the blockade.

0:34:480:34:52

It doesn't matter.

0:34:520:34:53

-We have to respond to this communication.

-Why?

0:34:530:34:56

I'm sorry, Bobby. I don't understand the question.

0:34:560:34:59

Well, who cares if we got two letters?

0:34:590:35:02

I say we respond to the first one.

0:35:020:35:04

And ignore the second altogether?

0:35:040:35:06

Sure.

0:35:060:35:08

I like that very much.

0:35:080:35:10

Sir, I've never heard of simply ignoring a letter

0:35:100:35:12

from the Russian foreign ministry.

0:35:120:35:14

Well, Dean, we are the, er, party of progress.

0:35:140:35:17

No, Mac, I think you, er,

0:35:170:35:19

draft a response to the first letter.

0:35:190:35:21

-Tell Khrushchev we're very, er, encouraged by his attitude. Be vague.

-Yes, sir.

0:35:210:35:26

Mr President,

0:35:260:35:28

even if we ignore this second letter,

0:35:280:35:30

that doesn't mean that the issue about Turkey

0:35:300:35:33

is gonna go away. Khrushchev is gonna want something in return for taking his missiles out of Cuba.

0:35:330:35:38

-Bobby, are you sure Dobrynin has a direct line with Khrushchev?

-Absolutely.

0:35:400:35:45

Then you talk to him.

0:35:450:35:46

Tell him they've got to get those missiles out of Cuba now.

0:35:460:35:49

If they don't, we will.

0:35:490:35:51

Six months from now...

0:35:540:35:56

When, er...

0:35:560:35:57

When all this is forgotten,

0:35:570:35:59

we'll, er, we'll agree to go into, er,

0:35:590:36:03

Turkey in the middle of the night, and we'll take the damn things out ourselves.

0:36:030:36:06

Both sides agree not to go public with this,

0:36:060:36:09

but their, er, their deadline for this...

0:36:090:36:13

Is now.

0:36:160:36:17

So what if he doesn't agree?

0:36:170:36:20

Well, they're shooting down our planes.

0:36:210:36:26

We're gonna start shooting back.

0:36:260:36:28

("Danny boy" playing on piano)

0:36:290:36:32

JACK CONTINUES PLAYING

0:36:510:36:54

STOPS PLAYING

0:36:590:37:01

Well...if this continues to go badly,

0:37:160:37:19

I, er, I want you and the kids

0:37:190:37:21

to move to the shelter in Maryland.

0:37:210:37:24

What about you?

0:37:240:37:26

There's a secure area downstairs.

0:37:260:37:29

I'm not leaving you, Jack.

0:37:340:37:36

I want to be here no matter what happens.

0:37:370:37:40

Now here me on this -

0:38:010:38:03

I want the attack wing prepared for wheels up

0:38:030:38:05

the second the President gives his directive.

0:38:050:38:07

Kick the tires and light the fires.

0:38:070:38:09

We've informed members of the OES That we're prepared

0:38:090:38:12

to commence military intervention

0:38:120:38:14

if we don't hear from Khrushchev by 2:00 PM Washington time.

0:38:140:38:17

-We're down to 90 minutes.

-Give Khrushchev a couple more hours.

0:38:170:38:21

-We can't let this thing drag on forever, it only helps him.

-We should go in early, sir.

0:38:210:38:25

-Get a jump on him.

-You can't jump the deadline, Tom!

0:38:250:38:28

-What the hell Are you talking about?

-It's pre-emptive.

0:38:280:38:30

-We're not going until we say...

-Could you all be quiet, please?

0:38:300:38:33

Jack, Khrushchev, er, is on the radio in Moscow.

0:38:340:38:37

Can you, er, repeat that, please?

0:38:370:38:40

No, no, you-you stay on the line with me.

0:38:400:38:43

I want to know precisely what he said, word for word.

0:38:430:38:46

Uh-huh.

0:38:460:38:48

He-he said what?

0:38:480:38:49

Did he, er, did he give a timeline?

0:38:520:38:54

All right.

0:38:580:39:00

Thank you.

0:39:000:39:02

Jack, he just went on the air to make sure that we heard,

0:39:040:39:08

without any delay,

0:39:080:39:10

that he's, er, accepting our terms.

0:39:100:39:12

He's gonna remove the missiles from Cuba.

0:39:120:39:14

BENNETT: Son of a bitch!

0:39:140:39:16

LAUGHTER AND APPLAUSE

0:39:160:39:18

MEN: Speech. Speech. Speech!

0:39:200:39:24

Speech. Speech! Speech!

0:39:240:39:26

Well, I, er...

0:39:260:39:29

Oh.

0:39:290:39:30

I suppose you've, er, all earned your pay this week.

0:39:300:39:34

Finally(!)

0:39:340:39:36

It was a tremendous effort. Thank you all.

0:39:360:39:38

-Yes.

-Yes!

0:39:380:39:40

Congratulations.

0:39:500:39:52

Yeah.

0:39:520:39:53

How does it feel?

0:39:530:39:55

Puts you right up there with Lincoln.

0:39:550:39:58

Well, maybe tonight I'll go to the theatre.

0:39:580:40:00

Well, you go, I go with you.

0:40:000:40:02

Castro's finest.

0:40:020:40:03

Thank you, general.

0:40:030:40:06

Goodness gracious. I haven't been home in a week. Ethel may have had another baby.

0:40:130:40:19

LAUGHS

0:40:190:40:20

'While the quarantine Remains in effect,'

0:40:230:40:25

we are hopeful that adequate procedures

0:40:250:40:28

can be developed

0:40:280:40:30

for international inspection of Cuba-bound cargos.

0:40:300:40:32

Progress is now being made for the restoration of peace in the Caribbean.

0:40:320:40:36

And it is our firm hope and purpose

0:40:360:40:39

that this progress shall go forward,

0:40:390:40:41

not only for this time

0:40:410:40:43

but for all time.

0:40:430:40:45

What's he talking about?

0:40:450:40:47

Your daddy just saved the world.

0:40:490:40:51

E-mail us at [email protected]

0:41:150:41:19

Greg Kinnear and Katie Holmes star as President John F Kennedy and his wife, Jackie, in Stephen Kronish's compelling drama series, charting the triumph and the tragedy of the first couple. It is October 1962 and Jack's marriage is a shambles because of his infidelity.

There is an impending crisis in the Caribbean - the Soviet Union has placed nuclear missiles on the island of Cuba. Tensions are high, and Jack is being pressured to attack Cuba with the purpose of removing the missiles.


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